Saturday 1 October 2016

After talks with FAI CEO John Delaney, UEFA will accept debit cards as payment for Euro 2016 tickets

Published 22/01/2016 | 18:32

General view of the Republic of Ireland seating before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris, France. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
General view of the Republic of Ireland seating before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris, France. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Following talks in Switzerland between CEO John Delaney and UEFA, the FAI have confirmed that Irish fans will be permitted to use their debit cards when buying tickets for Euro 2016.

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Independent.ie published the development early Friday morning,  and in a statement released this evening the association said the following:

“The Football Association of Ireland is pleased to announce that following talks in Nyon between UEFA and FAI CEO John Delaney, UEFA has agreed that debit cards will now be accepted for ticket applications for EURO 2016.”

A reported 275,000 Irish fans applied through the online portal for tickets for the summer tournament before the end of Monday’s deadline, but issues arose when UEFA claimed that there may be problem with debit cards as a means of payment and, that the only option to ensure an application was successful, was to use a credit card.

 UEFA have subsequently stated that they will allow the use of debit cards, provided there was sufficient funds available on the card in question.

John Delaney said: “I am delighted that UEFA has ceded to our requests to solve this potential difficulty for many Irish fans.”

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